Prologue

Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it? Phil McDuff, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/18/ending-climate-change-end-capitalism

This Website is for everyone, but especially for those who are so comfortable in their present circumstances that they can’t imagine the urgency of the situation with which we as a species are confronted. By presenting a large amount of information, the intent here is to seek the truth.

Most readers will not want to believe this, especially those with children. The evidence is now overwhelming, though, that an ecosystem colllapse is increasingly likely later this century. In fact, it has already begun, as is described here in scenes from around the world where food and water scarcity are already a harbinger of similar more wide-spread scenes in the years to come.

Catastrophic fires in California, Australia, and Southern Europe, a huge flooding event in the US Midwest, the Sahara Desert growing unrelentingly south, large, protracted hurricanes around the world, the loss of arctic sea ice, northern latitude permafrost melting and methane release – this is climate change now. The breach of a host of unpredictable tipping points threatens to throw the world into a state of abrupt climate change which could make the planet uninhabitable for much of humanity and millions of other species, far sooner than was predicted, even earlier this decade.

What is needed is a radical transformation of humanity’s relationship with nature. That implies a new way of living, especially for those in the developed world, since “study after study finds that the primary determinant of a person’s actual ecological footprint is income.”1 You may think “green” but those good intentions are swamped by wealth. Per capita living space, energy for household appliances, meat consumption, car use, and air  travel are the best predictors of carbon footprint. The wealthy, even those who identify as green, consume more and do more of all these things. 

Source: Oxfam

There is a fundamental injustice at work here because the populations of the world who are least responsible for climate change will suffer the most from its impact. The others who will suffer from what is to come are, in fact, the children of those pouring CO2 into the atmosphere. What does it say about a society that cannot provide a habitable world for its children?

You are invited to explore the concepts that will determine, in large part, the fate of the planet in the decades to come.